Monthly Archives: October 2012

Can you trust the internet?

This question and the discussion around it made me think about my opinion. Did I change it? No, I’ve always googles things, used the internet and wikipedia to help me research or answer simple questions. I did look up more than one source though!

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Joan’s Personal Learning Enviornment (PLE)

Every day I am learning.  I learn from the people that are around me, from the people I have in my classrom/orientation or in a seminar I am facilitating.  I also learn from my co-workers and from my friends and family.  One person may say something or do something that really makes me think or see another way of doing something.  It really gets me excited and glad that we never stop learning. 

From the people around me, it seems to be where most of my learning starts; I’m pointed to a website, a book or an article.  Then someone will say something that prompts a google search.  I will go to Youtube to search for a short clip to entertain my training group, but also teach them something on a topic.  I will then go outside and see something which leads to a question, which leads to asking a question of someone, which leads to googling it, which leads…well, you get the idea. 

As I reflect on my PLE I have come to the conclusion that my PLE is all around me and in every person and every search I do on line.  My diagram could be never ending as is my learning.

There were three PLE diagrams that really caught my eye The first one was from David Hopkins  PLE / Personal Learning Environment: What’s yours like? Although, David did not elaborate about his PLE when I clicked on his link, I could see for myself what his learning activities where. I liked how the information was displayed in images, they drew me in with not a lot of words but the images told the story.  He organized and separated the personal PLE’s from the technical PLE’s which helped orgaize them in my mind. 

The next diagram I looked at was from Julie Collareda  http://juliecollareda.wikispaces.com   This one was no fuss-no muss.  There was nothing fancy about it but it was easy to read and my eyes were not overwhelmed by information.  Julie makes a good point in the article that accompany the diagram, where she says how we can’t keep up with changing technologies and that this makes it hard for teachers/facilitators to keep current in the environment where we encourage customized learning.  I tend to agree as i see that in my own job when I am training on our new banking system to a new employee.  How to post a simple withdrawal or deposit is done one way then with an upgrade it may completely change.  If I am not keeping up with these changes and staying on top of my readying and research I may miss the bulletin about the upgrade and not be teaching the current information. 

The third PLE diagram that jumped out at me was from AJ Cann  http://www.microbiologybytes.com/tutorials/ple/ple5.html, again it was very clear and not cluttered with information.  I could see very quickly that his PLE was focused on technology.  He stated from his brief description about his PLE that “it was a mind map” and that no one should try and copy his as every one’s would be different and unique. 

I believe our PLE’s will be ever changing as our learning environments are ever changing.  If I looked at my diagram again in, lets say 6 months, I bet I’ll be adding tools and removing tools.  I think I’m going challenge myself to do that, you could try it to.

Signing off for now,

-Joan

My very first blog…..

Wow!  Didn’t ever think I’d be doing this.  Here I am sitting in a classroom at U of M taking a class on Learning and working in a Vertual World.  I’m kind of enjoying this.  Will I keep up with it?  I guess we’ll see.

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